Top cottages for a winter getaway

Whether you’re looking for a cosy country cottage, a reinvigorating coastal retreat or somewhere full of history and character, you’ll find the holiday cottages we look after perfect for a winter break. We’ve chosen some of our favourite holiday cottages for a winter getaway.

Exterior of Bird How cottage, Lake District

Bird How, Holmrook, Lake District 

Go back to basics at this remote cottage, nestled on the fellside above the River Esk. Bird How is small and cosy, with rustic accommodation on one floor and the old cow shippon underneath. Visitors frequently tell us that they delight in Bird How’s simplicity, and with good access to lesser-known parts of the Lake District it’s perfect for hikers in search of a challenge.

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View from Mottistone Down on a misty morning

Chert, St Lawrence, Isle of Wight 

Situated within the quiet residential area of St Lawrence, this unique mirror image 70s house has wonderful sea views and quirky interior style. With easy access to the Ventnor Downs there’s plenty to keep you occupied, from wildlife-spotting to stunning cliff-top walks.

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On the eastern edge of Lyme's historic deer park sits East Lodge

East Lodge, Disley, Cheshire 

East Lodge sits on the eastern boundary of Lyme’s historic deer park, commanding panoramic views of Kinder Scout, the historic cage banqueting tower, and the roaming herd of red deer. The estate offers fantastic walks, runs and stunning views, or you can explore further afield and take in all the Peak District has to offer.

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Perched on the cliff, an exterior view of The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage

Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottage, Lynton, Devon 

Set into a cliff, this unique building offers a simpler style of accommodation that is ideal for groups of walkers, birdwatchers and anyone who loves remoteness and extraordinary scenery. You may get a chance to see dolphins, porpoise and gannets fishing at high tide, or even peregrine falcons in mid-flight. Woolacombe beach and the beautiful village of Porlock are both within easy reach, as are the wild landscapes of Exmoor.

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Dining room at Portland House, Weymouth

Portland House, Weymouth, Dorset 

Set within the rolling heath land and secluded valleys of the Dorset countryside, Portland House is the perfect place to get away from it all. This 'Hollywood-Spanish' villa is furnished in art deco style, and sits within large gardens that slope down to the sea. Perfect for a family gathering or holiday with friends, the house makes a comfortable base from which to explore Dorset’s picturesque villages and the spectacular Jurassic Coastline.

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The sitting room of this stylish third-floor apartment in Fountains Halll

Proctor, Ripon, Yorkshire 

This stylish apartment is on the third floor of Fountains Hall, which dates back to the late-sixteenth century and was built using stone from the Abbey ruins. The Hall has played host to prestigious guests such as the infant Charles 1st, and more recently Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother. It is the perfect base for anyone looking to explore the spectacular surroundings of Fountains Abbey or slightly further-a-field destinations like York, The Dales and North Yorkshire Moors.

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The double bedroom at Risemoor, Alnwick

Risemoor, Alnwick, Northumberland 

This historic holiday cottage has seen floods of people pass through its doors over the centuries during its time as a pub. Now a comfortable retreat, the cottage sits within its own grounds adjacent to Newton Pool Nature Reserve, and is just a 1 minute stroll from the golden sands of Embleton Bay.

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Exterior of Rockside Cottage, Northumberland

Rockside Cottage, Alnwick, Northumberland 

With views of the sea and the beautiful Embleton Bay, this former fisherman's cottage is located in a prime spot on the Northumberland coast. The famous Ship Inn and micro-brewery are just next door, while the surrounding area of Low Newton-by-the-Sea is a haven for wildlife and sea birds.

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The vast panelled master bedroom at Shute Barton

Holiday at Shute Barton

An exceptional opportunity to stay in one of Devon's most important old manor houses, as Shute Barton has been converted into a luxurious holiday home.

Twin Bedroom at Wainman House, Cambridgeshire

Wainman House, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire 

This beautifully restored town house in a row of elegant merchant houses brings a taste of authentic history to your holiday. With its private terraced garden and free access to the spectacular walled garden at Peckover House, Wainman House is a great location for a reunion of family or friends. There’s plenty to do in nearby Wisbech with its attractive historic quarter, or you can explore further afield where the Norfolk coast, Ely and Cambridge provide a variety of options.

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